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D&D 5E – Mass Combat Rules


Rules for conducting massive battles in D&D.

You can download a free copy here: D&D Wars 5E.pdf

This is a complete re-write of the rules I published before (3.5 version here) (Next version here). In keeping with the spirit of 5e, these are simpler and play faster than any of my previous attempts.

D&D Wars is a supplement to fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons that provides a set of mass combat rules for conducting battles with units as small as one to armies numbering in the thousands. D&D Wars are not simply armies making battle with each other. It is armies intermixed with monsters and NPCs. Added to this mix is a group of PC heroes doing what they can to change the tide of the war.

– The rules are compatible with Dungeons and Dragons version 5E.

– There are rules for creating armies comprised of units of various sizes and compositions.

– It has consistent rules for scaling the battle from a small group of villagers with torches and pitchforks all the way up to epic battles with thousands of soldiers on both sides.

– The rules accommodate individual monsters wandering across the battlefield as well as other NPCs and PCs that are not part of the units.

– It uses standard combat rules without modification as far as possible.


4 responses to “D&D 5E – Mass Combat Rules

  1. Christopher Poole February 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you for continuing to update and create content. Really appreciate it!

    • Ronny February 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

      It makes me feel good to know that someone appreciates it. Please let me know if you attempt to use these rules. I am in a bit of a D&D vacuum right now, so these have not been adequately play-tested. Any feed-back would be great.

  2. Frazer Payne August 9, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Hi Ronnie, have you compared theses rules to the Unearthed Arcana rules WotC released?

    I am keen to try them out, but large battles come up so rarely in D&D that it has remained on my ‘to-do list’ for quite a while.

    • Ronny August 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      No, I was not aware of these. Thank you for pointing them out to me. I will review and post a comparison of them to mine. In my defence, I posted mine in January last year and it looks like those came out in March. Like you, I haven’t had any need to use mass combat rules since then. It almost needs to be a major campaign event for it to be worthwhile. But if you want a war and your players are up for it, it is good to have rules at the ready.

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